#396 So…Hakuna Matata

Literally “No Worries”. Hakuna matata is actually a phrase in the East African language of Swahili that literally means “no trouble” or “no problems”. But I like the translation of “No Worries”

So in the spirit of getting better, focusing on improvement, I have been reading a book called The Source by Dr Tara Swart. It’s a book about how to train your mind, to seize the life changing opportunities that could pass you by every day unless we do something about them. Recognise them. And it relevant adopt them. As I have previously said, “Doing something is better than doing nothing” and “Good enough is good enough!”

Dr Tara Swart, a neuroscientist and executive coach with a background in psychiatry, is convinced beyond all doubt of our ability to alter how our brains work – and transform our lives. According to Amazon, “In The Source, she draws on the latest cognitive science and her experience coaching highly successful people, to reveal the secret to mastering our minds.’

She outlines a four-step plan to awaken the power of your brain that comprises of the following elements:

– Challenge ‘autopilot’ thinking and rewire your brain’s pathways to fulfil your potential

– Manifest the things you want by directing your energy towards your deepest values and ambitions

– Harness the power of visualisation to prime your brain to grab opportunities and take control of your future

– Attack life with confidence, dispel fear and avoid negative thinking

If you could have anything you want in life, what would it be? Although I’m still reading the book, it really is not one of those books that promises you the world and good fortune by following an impossible four step process. It is all about harnessing the power of your brain. And she approaches the subject from a neurological competence point of view. Very interesting!

I went to the doctor today, whom I haven’t seen in many many months. I went to get some prescriptions for my physio and my memory counsellor. And the doctor, upon hearing that I went skiing at Christmas, was so bowled over and impressed that he began recounting stories of other patients with remarkable turnaround stories. It was a wonderful moment. And the one story that sticks in my memory is about a man from Paris who was 68 years old, who had never done any sport in his life and was weighing 100 kg. Diabetic, gallstones, and many other illnesses, He went to see his Doctor who said that he needs to get some movement into his way of life. So the man started with just walking around his kitchen table, and then progressed to walking around his flat and then around the residence where he lived. All the while improving his ability to walk faster and faster. If we fast forward to 5 years from that moment, he is now the senior French champion for running 1500m. It sent shivers down my spine when I heard that and throughout my entire body. overweight and in serious ill health, and yet he completely turned around his life incredibly. In the space of seven years, Wow!!

That is enough to inspire anybody. And then the doctor said he would like to use my example of skiing to create inspiration and encouragement and motivation to those that are in need of it or are lacking in it. I was very humbled by hearing this. But I know that I am meeting very special people at important moments in this new life of mine that are reinforcing my capacity to carry on and pursue my dreams.

The clear skies of Sceaux

And then, when I walked outside, I stumbled (not literally) across a woman who I let through the gate first, as a gentleman would do. She very politely thanked me, and then I wished her a wonderful afternoon to which she replied that she was going to watch the ending sunset 🌅. Lovely sunset!!! Lovely!

Hakuna Matata.!!

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